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An Israeli-Palestinian agenda for Obama Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Adam Frey

Before his inauguration, US President Barack Obama promised that his administration would be engaged in the Middle East peace process from "day one". Because he is venerated in Europe and the Arab world for being perceived as fundamentally different from previous President George W. Bush, but has al

The Last Word: An Intolerable Tolerance Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Mixed with chants such as "Bomb the Jews" and children bearing placards bemoaning that Jews didn't get enough Nazi treatment, were many posters and signs claiming Israel/Jews were perpetrating a Holocaust, that the Star of David was the same as the swastika and/or that the Jewish people are involved

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War and Politics Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Even his rivals agree that Ehud Barak's leadership of the Gaza campaign was impressive. The IDF seems to have emerged from its underperformance in 2006 determined to prove that it has treated all the ills that had previously appeared to afflict it.

Teheran's Gaza Gambit Categories: Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Yoram Schweitzer

Behind the scenes in the war between Hamas and Israel, there was a party playing a key role that aspires to be the big winner in the fighting - Iran. As in the Second Lebanon War between Israel and Hezbollah, Iran is gaining precious time to promote the leading strategic goal of its policy in recent

Cracks in Hamas Categories: Islamic Extremism, Palestinians     Author: Ehud Ya’ari

Hamas has the ability to rehabilitate itself and this should not be taken lightly. But this time it will be hard to mollify Palestinian public opinion. There is no enthusiasm for Hamas' period in power; its fighting prowess has hardly inspired awe, and there is no longer any faith in its leaders.

After the Gaza storm Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Barry Rubin

Having Hamas as a neighbour is like living next door to a serial killer who abuses his children and threatens to kill them if you go in after him. You can defend yourself but if the police won't arrest him the only choices left are to build a wall around him, stop him from getting weapons, and send


Scribblings: A notable absence Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Israel bombed at least six mosques during the first week of its Gaza campaign. The silence about this has been pretty deafening. Why? Because it was absolutely clear that Hamas was caught red-handed using mosques as weapons storage centres and military command centres.

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